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Men...s XC Wins Mt. Holyoke Invite

Top 10 Male Finishers All Engineers; Women Tie for 2nd behind Wellesley

By Adrienne Bolger 
and Yermie Cohen

On Saturday, Sept. 30 the MIT men and women’s cross country teams traveled to the Mt. Holyoke Invitational in South Hadley, Mass. Despite not having many of their top runners compete, the men came into the meet confident and delivered a win. Not only did the Engineers score a perfect 15 points, ten of their runners finished before anyone from the other three teams.

Kevin F. Brulois ’07 led from the start and won in a time of 26:43. Following Brulois to round out the top five were Jeremiah “Yermie” R. Cohen ’09 (27:19), Archimedes C. Stuk ’10 (27:31), Christopher Wong ’08 (27:39), and Alexander C. Spicer ’10 (27:52).

Despite the relatively easy win, some runners had trouble negotiating the course. With its narrow paths and sharp corners, it proved to be deceptively difficult. One particularly precarious downhill spelled trouble for two MIT runners, Wong and Ryan N. King ’09. Despite taking nasty spills, both managed to get up and finish the race in good position.

The women’s team had another strong showing and finished second in the meet, behind Wellesley University, tied with Mount Holyoke, and defeating four other teams, including Clark and Babson College. All four of these schools will have men’s and women’s teams competing against MIT again at the NEWMAC championships on Oct. 28 on this same course.

This meet was a good warm-up for the MIT runners, as it allowed them to get familiar with some of its trouble spots, including that slippery downhill, which ends at the edge of a lake. “It’s important to let athletes visualize their race strategy for the NEWMAC’s course,” said women’s team captain Alisha R. Schor ’07.

The women’s team owes much of Saturday’s success to Jessica A. Thompson ’07 and Erika M. Erickson ’08, both of whom had been sidelined with injuries for over a month. “I was ecstatic to be able to run with my team again,” said Thompson.

Erickson came in 12th overall and second among women with a time of 20:24 on the five-kilometer course. Thompson also scored for the team, coming in 16th overall and fourth for MIT with a time of 20:59.

The rest of the women running for MIT also had strong races. Adrienne M. Bolger ’09 came in third place overall and first for MIT with a time of 19:57. After Erickson, Elizabeth L. Labuz ’09 finished in 17th place (20:57). Rounding out the top seven for the Engineers were Gwendolyn B. Johnson ’08 in 22nd place (21:12), Rebecca L. Idell ’07 in 24th place 21:22, and Brianna L. Petrone ’10 in 27th place (21:27).

Both teams’ next race will be the NEICAAA All New England Championships tomorrow, at their home course at Franklin Park in Boston.